Methodist Hospital forms Department of Wellness | Health
Methodist Hospital is forming a new Department of Wellness and has named Dr. Libby Brown Bethel, Chief Wellness Officer.
“This department will represent an interdisciplinary effort, creating a comprehensive wellness initiative that will be a model for our employee health program and for community offerings,” said Methodist CEO Bruce Begley in a memorandum to all employees and medical staff members. “The model will be inclusive of the entire wellness spectrum, including, but not limited to physical, nutritional, emotional, and financial health.”
“This restructure will allow us to pool functions, resources, and passions to facilitate a new focus on wellness. Areas which will be part of this new initiative include: Methodist Hospital employee wellness; the Occupational Medicine and Wellness Department; Integrative Wellness, which includes the prayer and presence program for patients; the Living Healthy series; psychology; the medication management program; and diabetic education. These efforts also encompass Methodist Hospital Union County.”
Bethel was chosen to lead this new department as Chief Wellness Officer. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University and previously worked both at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Frazier Rehabilitation Hospital for a combined ten years before returning to Henderson.
“While Methodist Hospital has always cared for the sick, and that will never change, we are now embarking on new ways to improve the health status of those we serve, as our mission statement outlines – within our hospital family, with the business community, and with individuals in our service area and beyond,” Begley added. “Wellness and prevention will be vital in the successful transformation of our healthcare system over the next several years.”